Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS)

How do we assess security threat in the early 21st century? How effective is our intelligence machinery in working to combat the threat, and how should this be balanced with other preventative measures? How do governments balance security and intelligence policy and activity with the successful and legitimate delivery of national security?

These are the questions that BUCSIS explores and debates, drawing on a wealth of academic and policy experience.

BUCSIS offers home and international students an innovative programme in intelligence and security studies, which has a strong practice-oriented content prioritizing the development of strong analytical skills and a knowledge base to international levels of excellence:

BUCSIS was established in 2008 as a world-class centre for research into the key Security and Intelligence issues facing the UK and the world in the 21st century. The Centre is headed by a leading academic in the field with former practitioner experience in the shape of Professor Julian Richards, and closely supported by Dr Bill Kappis, a renowned academic of global affairs and international relations with a diverse international experience. Other staff include Dr Melina Dobson, whose research focused on exploring the potential impact that unauthorised disclosures can have by tracing the stories of whistleblowers and leakers. Her other research interests include the new challenges to intelligence accountability and oversight in a technologically driven modern world.  Also in BUCSIS is Dr Ian Stanier whose research interests include covert investigation, intelligence elicitation techniques  and HUMINT. The original founder of the centre, Professor Anthony Glees, continues his association with our work as an Emeritus Professor of the University.

Our team of associates and advisors ensures close links with practitioners as well as with industry in the field of intelligence and security management.

Contact the BUCSIS team for details of the learning and research opportunities and services we can offer, and follow us on Twitter @BUCSIS2